PUTNEY — Musicians will discuss a program inspired by children's books —and the child in all of us — at the next Yellow Barn Patio Noise, a conversation series moderated by Artistic Director Seth Knopp.
Yellow Barn Patio Noise conversations take place by Zoom, each Tuesday through Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
The Oct. 6 conversation will look back on Yellow Barn's July 25 concert stream, which included performances on Yellow Barn Music Haul at the Grammar School's playground in Putney. The musicians will talk with audience members and among one other.
"Researchers hypothesize that 'musicality may have preceded language in evolution, and language may build on the natural disposition for musicality.' I am comforted to know that music is an inextricable part of me, of all people who were ever babies; it existed in my body and brain before I had a choice. It was my sole form of communication for close to three years. Music is just one more communication tool in this inexplicable world which leaves so much to the imagination," Yellow Barn alumna Annie Jacobs-Perkins wrote in an introduction to this program.
Bookending the program are two works for a narrator and
instrumentalists: Stephen Coxe's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and Alan Ridout's "Ferdinand." Also included are works for two percussionists: Mark Applbaum's "Gone, Dog. Gone!" (a reference to P.D. Eastman's "Go, Dog. Go!") and Fredrik Andersson's "The Lonelyness of Santa Claus" and John Cage's "Solo for Voice 57," interpreted through several well-known children's songs.
Joining Knopp will be musicians from the performance, including narrators Elaine Daiber and Lucy Fitz Gibbon, violinists Alice Ivy-Pemberton and Curtis Macomber, percussionists Ayano Kataoka and Eduardo Leandro and soprano Lucy Shelton. In addition, Yellow Barn Music Haul architect John Rossi will speak about the genesis of Music Haul, which is celebrating its fifth birthday this month after hundreds of performances on playgrounds, street corners, city lots, and open fields, from the Putney Community Garden to Baltimore, Dallas, Boston, Midcoast Maine and New York City.
The Zoom room will be open via Yellow Barn's homepage. Those participating are invited to share insights and questions by sending them in advance, or by using the Zoom chat option.
For more information, go to yellowbarn.org or call 802-387-6637.